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Part 16 - Tzophar Switches Gears
Tzophar now answers Iyov, and he abandons the philosophical shitah which he espoused previously to explain the question of "tzaddik v'ra lo". This was the concept that man is incapable of perceiving the essential truth of matters since he is limited by his physical senses. This shitah also explains the question of the success of reshaim. However, Iyov had mocked this idea greatly, and therefore, Tzophar did not repeat it. Tzophar was aware that this shitah was satisfactory only to those of deep understanding, and that Iyov would continue to mock it.
Instead, he answered that in previous generations, reshaim were not successful, but were despised and downtrodden. In recent times, despite the fact that reshaim appear to be successful, they will ultimately die an unnatural death, and their wealth and possessions will be taken over by those they oppressed. The great success of the rasha will be the very reason for his steep downfall, like one who physically falls from a high place. Hashem purposely raises the rasha to a high place to increase the severity of his downfall.
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